I'm the mom of two little guys, so I won't making any of these for them, but they make a fabulous shower gift, birthday gift for a little gal (this particular pair was for my niece's first birthday), or a great pair of duds for your sweet one. Pair them with an appliqued t-shirt using fabric from the pants and voila - you've got an outfit that's sure to get lots of oohs and aahs!
Ruffle Pants from a Pattern You Already Own
What you will need:
- A standard pants pattern with front piece, back piece, and elastic waist. (I used Simplicity 5316 - you can see it at the bottom of this linked page.)
- Fabric for pants – use amount called for on your pattern back for your desired size.
- 1/4 yard fabric for contrast ruffle
- small amount size 10 cotton crochet thread
1. Start by marking your pattern pieces. Draw a line across the hemline (this is marked by the white pins in the pictures). Then measure up 1” from the drawn hemline (this is marked by the yellow pins in the pictures). This will be your cutting line.
2. Cut out the front and back pieces from your main fabric.
3. Cut out the ruffle pieces from your contrast fabric. To determine how long to cut these pieces, you will need to measure the bottom cut line that you drew in step 1. You will want to cut two pieces for the ruffle that are 3” wide and 3 to 4 times as long as your bottom cut line. The bottom cut line on my pattern was 6”, so I cut my ruffle pieces 3” x 18”. If you want a more gathered ruffle, make your piece closer to 4 times the length of your bottom cut line.
4. Sew the side seam of your pants pieces by matching the right sides of a front piece and a back piece. Do this for both sides. (There should be instructions for this in your pattern). Press the seam open.
5. Fold your ruffle in half with wrong sides together and iron it. Prepare the ruffle for gathering by sewing 1/4” from the raw edge over a size 10 cotton crochet thread with a zig zag stitch. You could also use a standard gathering stitch. The crochet thread is a trick my grandma taught me – the crochet thread is much less likely to break than thread when pulling up your gathers. It is especially helpful when gathering longer items, such as skirts.
6. Gather your ruffle piece by pulling on the crochet thread. Work the gathers until they are evenly spaced and the piece matches the length of the bottom of your pants.
7. Pin the gather side of the ruffle to the right side of the pants and use a straight stitch to sew the gather to the pants with a 1/2” seam allowance.
8. Iron the seam allowance toward the pant. Turn it over and press well.
9. Edge stitch on the bottom edge of the pant, next to the ruffle for a finished look.
10. Finish your pants by following the directions in your pattern for inner seam, assembling the pant, and casing and elastic.
Please feel free to ask questions. I'd love to see anything you make using the tutorial!